Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two Episode One Review
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After saving the world from the evil Wither Storm, Jesse is back for another adventure in the second season of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode. Should you get to building, or is this title a little blocky?

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Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two Episode One Review

After saving the world from the evil Wither Storm, Jesse is back for another adventure in the second season of Telltale’s Minecraft: Story Mode. Should you get to building, or is this title a little blocky?

Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two Episode One Review

Jesse is one popular character. After saving the world, the town of Beacon Town is head over heels for this hero. Between picking out prized pigs, building monuments, and chatting it up with YouTube celebrities, they live a busy life. However, after going on an adventure with their friend Petra to find an indignant llama, they come across a prismarine gauntlet that literally called to them. This opens up a Pandora’s box of problems, and it’s up to you and your motley crew to save the day.

It’s a pretty simple tale, one that has clearly defined good guys, bad guys, and a shiny macguffin in the form of the Structure Block. However, the writing is sound and full of bad puns and goofy gags. It’s not always a focused tale, with a number of smaller, unrelated arcs breaking things up, but there is always something going on. Things definitely skew toward a younger demographic with its general tone, but those looking for a lighthearted tale can do far worse than this game. Just be warned – those not fully immersed in Minecraft’s world will be scratching their heads at the terminology the game throws at the player. It almost feels like a set of in-jokes designed for those already addicted to the franchise.

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Gameplay in Minecraft: Story Mode falls in line with Telltale’s time-tested formula. As a primarily story-driven entry (hence the name), players can choose from one of four dialog options at a key time. There aren’t any life-or-death situations here, though the way certain scenarios play out does change depending on choices, which adds a bit to its replayability. Unlike some of their other titles, there is a lot more exploration and puzzle-solving to be had in this episode. Quick-time events are still the name of the game, though there is also a barebones combat system that has a stamina meter and dodge. It’s a welcome sight, and makes you feel like you’re playing the game more than watching it.

Of course, it would not be a Minecraft game without some good ol’ fashioned crafting. Jesse has an inventory, and though the things you can craft are somewhat rudimentary, it is still a nice touch. There is also the ability to build things in key moments, which offers a similar interface to Minecraft proper. You won’t spend hours building a masterpiece, but it is a nice touch that varies things up a little bit.

The first episode of this new season captures the spirit of Minecraft while still being its own unique beast. Though it skews toward a younger demographic, fans of all ages will appreciate the gameplay elements and lighthearted writing this chapter brings to the table.

This review of Minecraft: Story Mode Season Two Episode One was written based on the PlayStation 4 version of the game. A digital code was provided by the publisher.